US Army Medical Personnel Training

If a person decides to become an army doctor, they will obtain a military rank. Thus, such a person will not only have to attend medical school, they will also receive training in military culture and leadership. In other words, getting ready to become a military doctor is not only about writing an assignments relating… Read More

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What is the Defence Medical Services (DMS)?

The primary role of the UK’s Defence  Medical Services (DMS) is to ensure that Service personnel are ready and medically fit to go where they are required in the UK and throughout the world – generally referred to as being ‘fit for task’. DMS encompasses: Medical; Dental; Nursing; Allied health professionals (AHP); Paramedical; and Support personnel. It… Read More

What is the Director General Army Medical Services?

The Director General Army Medical Services (DGAMS) was the head of the British Army’s medical service. The post was dis-established as a result of both the British Army Primary Healthcare services transferring under the Surgeon General’s responsibility and the disbandment of the Army Medical Directorate. There was no replacement for the post of DGAMS, with the role that… Read More

The German Army Medical Service in the Great War

Research Paper Title Organization of the German Army Medical Service 1914-1918 and the role of academic surgeons. Abstract The First World War, mankind’s first high-technology conflict, resulted in unprecedented mass mortality. Medical services were confronted with overwhelming challenges in treating casualties from mobile warfare, trench warfare, battles on different fronts and infectious diseases. In this… Read More

Resilience: Understanding the Drivers for Combat Medics

Research Paper Title Narrative approach in understanding the drivers for resilience of military combat medics. Background Qualitative insights may demonstrate how combat medics (CM) deal with stressors and identify how resilience can potentially develop. Yet, qualitative research is scant in comparison to the many quantitative studies of health outcomes associated with military service. Methods Semi-structured… Read More

War Surgery, The First World War & Major L.B. Robertson

Discussion Paper Title The University of Toronto’s lasting contribution to war surgery: how Maj. L. Bruce Robertson fundamentally transformed thinking toward blood transfusion during the First World War. Summary During the Great War, Canadian military surgeons produced some of the greatest innovations to improve survival on the battlefield. Arguably, the most important was bringing blood… Read More

Recording the British Military Experience in the Management of Combat Wounds

Research Paper Title The Management of Combat Wounds: The British Military Experience. Introduction As the UK military has been engaged in recent conflicts in the Middle East, the University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust and the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) in Birmingham, through which all injured British soldiers are transferred for treatment, have often… Read More